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    Cool I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Many of my favorite jokes in TV and movies are the ones aimed at a very small segment of the audience or maybe not at the audience at all and meant just for the writers. (It's a big part of why Rocky and Bullwinkle is still funny decades later.)

    First, a confession. Remember a while back when somebody asked about guilty pleasures? Well, one that I have to sheepishly admit to is that my wife and I are addicted to those silly Hallmark movies. Yeah, they're corny. Yeah, there's dozens of them but there are only four plots. Yeah, they're littered with repeating tropes and populated by the same actors shuffled like a deck of cards. But they're fun.

    Maybe half the fun is seeing what differences the writers manage to create while telling the same story for the fiftieth time.

    Caught one the other night that had all the usual elements. "The girl" leads an unfulfilling life in the big city wondering if she'll ever find true love. She travels to a small, rural town where life is slower paced, everybody knows everybody and everybody's friendly and cheerful. In this idyllic setting she meets "the guy" and they fall in love.

    In the second to last scene she sees something that makes her think "the guy" was just playing her and didn't really have feeling for her. She runs off in tears. When he finds out she ran away he chases after her. But he's too late. He gets to the quaint little small town train station just in time to see the train she's on roll out toward the big city.

    And the name of the village on the sign on this quaint small town train station: WILLOUGHBY

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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    A Stop in Willoughby.

    One of the great episodes of Twilight Zone!
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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Wasn't there a funeral home with that name?
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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    "Walking Distance".
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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by AngliaGT View Post
    Wasn't there a funeral home with that name?
    Doug, when the hearse takes away the body, we see the name of the funeral home is "Willoughby and Son".
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    Cool Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    back of the hearse.


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    Cool Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    train station sign as seen in T-zone





    I would think that the train station and the whole town in T-zone were sets on the MGM back lot.



    This is the old Santa Susana Railroad Depot, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. Hollywood often uses the surrounding area for filming rural backgrounds. The Hallmark movie's producers just covered the sign with one that read "WILLOUGHBY."



    Considering Hallmark's primary demographic, I'm betting the writers did it for fun and didn't expect many in the audience to get it.

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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Doug, when the hearse takes away the body, we see the name of the funeral home is "Willoughby and Son".

    Actually I remember that,but was trying to see if anyone caught the reference.

    "Walking Distance" was another episode of the "Twilight Zone".
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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post

    And the name of the village on the sign on this quaint small town train station: WILLOUGHBY

    Like Tom, I recognized it immediately from TZ.
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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    Like Tom, I recognized it immediately from TZ.
    Let's see ... I can remember most of the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes from 50 years ago,
    but can't remember what I had for ... for ... whatever that meal was after I got up this morning.

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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    It's good to know, though, that no matter what, we'll still have our LBCs!

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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    That's great, I love catching allusions like that when watching something completely unrelated.
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    Cool Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    .... I recognized it immediately from TZ.
    I knew you guys would get it.

    I wonder how many people watching the movie on Hallmark Channel got it. Is there really much of a crossover between fans of feel-good romance and classic sci-fi?

    Although some of their plots do employ T-Zone'y premises like time travel, supernatural beings (angels) and seeing into the future.



    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
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    but can't remember what I had for ... for ... whatever that meal was after I got up this morning.

    Episode 1.jpg
    Don't worry, you'll have time enough at last to figure it out.


    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    .... we'll still have our LBCs!...



    Quote Originally Posted by AngliaGT View Post
    "Walking Distance".
    I have to confess that I couldn't connect the title with the story at first and had to look it up. Yeah, great episode. The name just didn't stick with me like Kick the Can.

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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    It's good to know, though, that no matter what, we'll still have our LBCs!

    Wow! - A one horsepower Spridget.
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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    That scene with the Sprite is great, the car geek in me is wanting to get a better look at those hubcaps. I think MGs had a fancier hubcap at one time, but don't know if the early box Sprites did. Not that the parts wouldn't be interchangeable.

    Back before we had streaming everything one of the cable channels would run Twilight Zone non stop around new year's, always enjoyed that.

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    Re: I have to wonder how many got the joke?

    "I have to confess that I couldn't connect the title with the story at first and had to look it up."

    I don't know the titles to most episodes myself and just say something with "the Shatner and Gremlin episode."
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